Tuesday, March 7, 2017

More on Monday!

As soon as we arrived in Delaware, I did some research to see if there were any popular running routes around the hotel. Using MapMyRun I found a route that actually started at the hotel, went down the street and looped around the hospital  ---> turned out to be the Wellness Walking Trail at the hospital.

After I scoped out the route on a drive-by (tell me you do this too!), I had to wait a few days for the weather to warm up enough for me to run outside. It's been really, really cold here, but then the forecast for yesterday finally looked good.

I had breakfast (scrambled eggs and coffee) with mrC while waiting for the temperature to warm up. When it was time for him to go to work at 10:30, it had warmed up to 40, so I put on the warmest running clothes that I had with me!

What I'm wearing: long sleeve, capris, layered tank, and shoes

I walked to the trail as my warm-up and then used the same interval timer that I used on the treadmill a few days ago. I ran/walked 1 minute intervals x15.

As I neared the end of the timer, I was feeling really good so I pushed to do more and finish strong. Instead of walking back to the hotel, I continued running and walked through the intersections. I was hoping to get a 5k out of it.

It was awesome! I ran more miles than I have in a LONG time. And I'm hopeful that I can run/walk a 5k race in my future. The sooner the better!

I realize that I have been patiently building up my run time and working on strength training, but there were other factors that helped make this run go well.

1. The route was flat and that's what works best for me right now. Uphills are ok too, but downhills make my knee uncomfortable.

2. My new running shoes from Mizuno. It feels like my feet are home again. The Wave Horizon are super comfy and I think my knee likes the stability. Plus they are pretty snazzy to look at, right?

Something else I'm excited to share ---> are you thinking about Boston already too?

Do you know your route before you run or do you wing it?
Do you do drive-byes of new routes?
How will you do Boston this year? Running, cheering, watching on TV/online?

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